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I have been experimenting with primarily figurative, portrait genre painted woodcut blocks for over twenty years since being introduced to the medium by printmakers at the Alberta College of Art and Design. For the past five years I have been particularly interested in wildlife and especially wild birds. The most recent development in this series is the use of damask and geometric pattern wallpaper backgrounds. These patterns flatten the picture plane and create a visual intersection between the chaotic beauty of nature and the controlled beauty of design. Almost exclusively, I use reclaimed and salvaged wood, primarily Douglas Fir beams from the restoration of the century-old Alberta Block in downtown Calgary. This wood is interesting not only in its history, but also in that it is very rustic, with knots, nail holes, and gouges. I don't make prints from the woodcuts, but prefer the tactile quality of the blocks themselves.